Floor Plan Software
As a general rule, the easier floor plan software is to use the less features it has and the more difficult the software is to use the the greater the likelihood that that software has more features. The level of features may also be reflected in the price.
The software that you choose will depend on your needs. Remember that if you are building your own home, you will most likely have to engage the services of a professional architect or engineers at some stage. In most countries this is now a legal requirement.
Most software programmes provide general specifications for wall thickness’s, roof heights and construction materials but each country will have it’s own specifications.
For the average “design-your-own-home-architect”, the benefit of software is that it allows you to create and amend basic floorplan designs and in most cases to create 3-D mock-ups which can help you and your family decide on your design.
Most architectural professionals have been using CAD software for the past few decades so there are a range of floor plan software programmes that allow you to design professional detailed floor plans.
If you are creating a basic floor plan that you wish to forward to a professional architect or engineer it is important that you are able to import/export DWG or DXF WMF, and HPGL, RIB, VRML, WPG, and PDF files.
The following are just a sample of the floor plan design software CAD packages that are available to download.
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TurboCAD Mac Deluxe
TurboCAD® Mac Deluxe 2D/3D is the complete precision design solution making it easy to design anything. Through a simple interface, use the design wizard to quickly layout floor plans, diagrams, and illustrations. Access over 38,000 pre-drawn CAD symbols and 1,000 floor plans to speed design. Choose advanced architectural tools for 2D/3D home design or 3D surface and ACIS® solid modeling tools for engineering designs. Import and export file between many popular formats, including AutoCAD® .DWG 2013, or print designs to your specifications. Online help, video tutorials, and user tips even help you improve skills. Perfect for architects, engineers, designers and more. Price $129.99
DesignCAD is a versatile and easy-to-use 2D CAD program. Access hundreds of 2D drafting and design tools through an intuitive interface to quickly and easily produce accurately scaled, precision designs! It’s perfect for: Architectural Drawings, Engineering Layouts,Shop Drawings andHome Projects
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CAD Architect (Symbols & drawings library)
CAD Architect is a worldwide CAD resource library of over 6500 AutoCAD symbols, details & drawings for Architects, CAD draughtsman & other related building industry professionals.